When he isn’t hopping small jumps and presenting brag-worthy extended trots, Capt. Jack (JC: Well Ack Ack) is hamming it up with children’s book author and owner Nuala Calbari.
In this photo, taken last year during a Memorial Day celebration at Kentucky Farms in Yorktown, Va., Capt. Jack shows off a crisp navy saddle pad while Calbari, left, and fellow equestrian Antonia Guardarrama don 17th-Century Tricorn Hats.
“We decided to dress as pirates,” says Calbari, noting the chapeaus were suitably feathered in red, white and blue in honor of the holiday and combined military forces.
When they’re not parading around, Capt. Jack and his owner have been schooling in hunter/jumpers and flat work. And his increased fitness and skill has come a long way since she adopted him in June 2011. (Please see earlier story: http://offtrackthoroughbreds.com/2012/04/10/captain-jack-rekindles-joy-inspires-irish-lass/).
“He has been offering beautiful extended trots, which are heavenly to ride,” Calbari say. “Jack has proved to be a very good little hunter, but we don’t overdo it, and always work in flat work between jumping and cavalletti days. He has really muscled up with the athletic training sessions, but it’s clear he most enjoys small obstacle courses, fun and games.”